A hockey sea­son in­ter­rupted

As sons face off, par­ents hope for the best

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Rookie cen­tre Callum Mcan­drew got off to a good start this sea­son with Brookfield Elks.

Go­ing into an early sea­son Nova Sco­tia Hockey League game in Pic­tou, Mcan­drew had recorded four goals and 10 as­sists in 17 games. He was be­ing her­alded as one of the league’s top rookie prospects.

Un­for­tu­nately, things changed dras­ti­cally.

“I in­jured my right knee in the game Dec. 1st play­ing against Pic­tou,” Mcan­drew, 17, of Brent­wood, said. “The in­jury kept me off the ice for about a month and a half. An MRI showed I had a bit of a tear in the car­ti­lage, I had a sprained lig­a­ment on the in­side of the knee and a bone bruise on the out­side.”

Mcan­drew said he won­dered if he’d ever get over the tough in­jury.

“It was about six weeks be­fore I was al­lowed to skate lightly. For the first while back on the ice I was do­ing no-con­tact prac­tice. But, I got a lot of skat­ing in, af­ter school I’d get as much free ice time as I could, I worked re­ally hard to get my feet back un­der me.

“It sucks be­ing out, be­ing in­jured. Those were two tough months, the time I was out in­jured. It ac­tu­ally took a while and a lot of tests to make cer­tain what my in­jury was. It was Feb. 1st, two months af­ter be­ing in­jured, that I was back in the Elks lineup. We played Cole Har­bour in a game at the Sport­splex.”

The Elks played well but lost a tough 4-3 de­ci­sion in over­time, Mcan­drew picked up an as­sist. Play­ing in two fur­ther games, in Cole Har­bour and Liver­pool, in three games back Mcan­drew has one goal and two as­sists.

“First of all I feel great be­ing back with my team­mates,” said Mcan­drew. “We have a re­ally great bunch of guys and be­ing back around the rink again, there’s noth­ing like it. Know­ing I can be part of the team again, it’s a good feel­ing. My play is com­ing along, I have to keep work­ing hard.”

Elks coach Phil Lynds said his team scouted Mcan­drew last spring when he was play­ing mi­nor midget for Fundy Thun­der.

“Dur­ing early sea­son play this sea­son, the quick for­ward was one of the top rook­ies in the league,” Lynds said. “In los­ing Callum, we had a huge void to fill. Callum could play in all sit­u­a­tions.”

Lynds feels there’s been an im­prove­ment in Mcan­drew’s play each game he’s been back in the lineup.

“Callum is us­ing his shot more, he has quick hands and he cre­ates high ve­loc­ity on his shot. The coach­ing staff is de­lighted to have this guy back in the lineup.”

Mcan­drew, a Grade 12 stu­dent at South Colch­ester Academy, said he has made end­less friend­ships all over the Mar­itimes through hockey.

“My out­look ba­si­cally is to en­joy play­ing com­pet­i­tive hockey while I can. I’ve been told by older play­ers that these years can pass by rather quickly and not to take them for granted. I’ve thought about this a lot.”

Mcan­drew has also played lacrosse for seven years. He’s in his sec­ond sea­son with Mi’kmaq War­riors. In 2017, he at­tended lacrosse na­tion­als in Cal­gary.

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Can you name the two Cam­den broth­ers who play against each other in the Mar­itime Hockey League? Both play­ers played lo­cal mi­nor hockey be­fore go­ing on to ma­jor midget with Dart­mouth’s Steele Subaru.

Chase Carter, a third-year de­fence­man, is en­joy­ing his best sea­son in ju­nior hockey with the Ed­mund­ston Bliz­zard, in sec­ond place

in the Eastlink North Divi­sion. Chase, with two goals and 21 as­sists in 41 games, has been play­ing on the Bliz­zard power play the past 20 games.

Gavynn Carter has a ju­nior back­ground that in­cludes a sea­son in ju­nior B with the Brookfield Elks, half sea­sons in ju­nior A with both the Truro Bearcats and Ed­mund­ston Bliz­zard and more re­cently a sea­son and a half with Val­ley Wild­cats. Gavynn, a real team player, has played all three for­ward po­si­tions as well as de­fence.

The broth­ers re­cently suited up against each other in a game in Ed­mund­ston as their par­ents Craig and An­gela Carter looked on.

“I guess we hope for the best,” An­gela said. “You cheer for both of them; I’m hop­ing that both sons score. I like both teams – the Wild­cats and the Bliz­zard, there are great boys on both teams. I guess it is a bit of a dif­fer­ent hockey sit­u­a­tion for sure, you kind of hope for both teams to win.”

Ex­cit­ing Brookfield Elks rookie cen­tre Callum Mcan­drew has re­turned to the lineup fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous early sea­son in­jury.

Chase Carter, left and Gavynn Carter are joined in re­cent photo by their par­ents Craig and An­gela Carter.

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